Hey there!

I’ve been cooking a wee bit more these days. Only a wee bit. You know exactly how much that is, right? Good.

Last week I made a crazy good dinner that my husband reported was “ok.”

Ok…?

Pft.

My reply was “Don’t people teach you to answer your wife a certain way?”

examples:
Wife: How do I look tonight honey?
Husband’s reply: Oh you look great dear!

Wife: How did you like dinner?
Husband: It was delicious!

Our conversation last night:
Me: How did you like dinner?
Him: It was ok.

Whoopty doo, Basil.

So I made this cauliflower rice all for myself. I know hubs won’t even take a stab at trying it. Which is fine. More for me!

Cauliflower Rice

Ingredients:
- 1/2 head cauliflower
- salt and pepper

Directions:
- Cut the cauliflower into florets and add it to your blender or food processor. Turn it on and blend/process until you have the consistency of rice.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Easy peasy!

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I got the idea because I recently got the opportunity to review this cookbook, Cooking with Coconut Oil. (I know what you’re thinking. There’s no coconut oil in the recipe. But she has a KILLER recipe for flavored cauliflower rice, or couscous as she calls it, that I will definitely make next. I wanted to experiment with the rice before I made her recipe.)

I’ve cooked, baked, and eaten coconut oil raw so I was pumped to try it.

I think I read the entire book three times before deciding what to make first. I mean really… look at these gorgeous photos.

That’s pan fried pork chops with apple compote.

And those are sweet potato egg cups. #drool

My decision was quickly made up when I discovered I had all the ingredients on hand for the sandwich bread.

I followed the recipe almost to a T. I noticed half way through I only had crunchy almond butter and the recipe called for creamy. No biggie. Not like I was swapping apples for oranges.

But after it came out of the oven, I realized I left my coconut oil hanging out in the microwave. #fail

I was afraid the bread wouldn’t be good, and I would have to throw the whole thing away but it actually tasted really good so I can’t wait to make it again and see what the addition of the oil does for the taste and/or consistency.

I ate my first slice all by it’s lonesome, and then I topped another slice with almond butter and homemade strawberry rhubarb jam that I received from a client. SO good!

I really really enjoyed this book. I told you before; I’m a cookbook hoarder. And this one does not disappoint. FYI, It’s all paleo too, but she wasn’t trying to market it that way. I love her story, where she comes from, and what made her turn into a coconut oil loving gal.

Ps.. you should see her tat!

And guess what!? She is graciously giving away a book to one of you!!
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These aren’t your average meatballs ladies and gents.

They’re SUPER POWER meatballs.

Why? Because they have super power ingredients. Some of which you may have never heard of, so I’ll share some insight as to what they are and how they benefit you.

Nutritional Yeast

What is it?
It’s a deactivated yeast sold in the form of flakes or powder. It’s popular among the vegans because it’s a complete protein, is naturally low in fat and sodium, and is high in fiber. It has a slight nutty/cheesy flavor so it’s often used as a cheese substitute, but it is extremely versatile. It’s generally fortified with vitamin B12 which we need for:

The top 5 health benefits of vitamin B 12 are: (source)

  • It is needed to convert carbohydrates into glucose in the body, thus leading to energy production and a decrease in fatigue and lethargy in the body.
  • It helps in healthy regulation of the nervous system, reducing depression, stress, and brain shrinkage.
  • It helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Vitamin B12 also protects against heart disease by curbing and improving unhealthy cholesterol levels, protecting against stroke, and high blood pressure.
  • It is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails. It helps in cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin.
  • Vitamin B 12 helps protect against cancers including breast, colon, lung, and prostrate cancer.

Hemp Seeds (1 of the 5 Superfoods you Need to Eat!)

What are they?
Another favorite among the vegans, hemp seeds are also a complete protein which means they contain all of the important amino acids, as well as essential fatty acids. A mere three tablespoons packs a whopping 16 grams of protein and only seven grams of carbohydrates, five of which are from fiber.

Ezekiel Bread

What is it?
Ezekiel bread is a sprouted grain which is easier to digest than whole wheat breads. It’s also a complete protein and contains 18 amino acids, including all 9 essential ones the body can’t produce.

Other benefits: (source)

  • Increased Absorption of Minerals – Sprouting breaks down enzyme inhibitors, so your body can more easily absorb calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc.
  • Increased Vitamin C – Sprouting produces vitamin C.
  • Increased Vitamin B – Sprouting increases the vitamin B2, B5 & B6.
  • Great source of Fiber – Combining sprouted grains and legumes gives a good amount of natural fiber in each serving.

 

You can find most of the items at your local health food store or you can purchase them online from iHerb and get $10 OFF your first order of $40 or more AND FREE shipping!!!

Use coupon code COZ833 at check out.

 

As you can see, these are little nutrient powerhouses! And they’re baked, not fried, making them even healthier! I hope you’ll give them a shot. As always, please tag me (on IG, twitter, or Facebook) if you make any of my recipes, and let me know what you think!

SUPER POWER Meatballs
Makes 34 balls

Ingredients:
- 1 lb ground venison (or extra lean ground beef)
- 1 lb 93/7 ground turkey
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp italian seasoning
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast powder
- 3 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 slice ezekiel bread, torn into bread crumb pieces (low sodium, regular, or sesame)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees farhenheit.
2. Line two cookie sheets with nonstick foil.
3. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and get messy. Mix it all together with your hands until everything is well incorporated.
4. Using a cookie scoop, scoop each ball and put onto the tray, leaving about an inch or two in between balls.
5. Cook for 30-35 minutes.

 

ps I think these would qualify as a #strangebutgood combo.

Wouldn’t you agree, Laura?!

 

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